Prisoners spread Christmas cheer in Jurby

Prison hampers

Prison hampers

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Prisoners, their families and prison staff are bringing some festive cheer to Jurby this week, with the donation of 17 Christmas food hampers to elderly people living in the village.

The boxes are the result of the fifth annual Christmas Hamper Appeal to be undertaken at the Isle of Man Prison.

They will be distributed by representatives from local charity Age Isle of Man.

Many prisoners chose to make cash donations from their own funds towards buying food items for the hampers, while prison officers, support staff and visitors also made generous contributions.

Additionally, donations from Shoprite and Manx charity Prison Works helped to boost the festive appeal.

The initiative was coordinated by administration officer Helen Callow who said: ‘I really appreciate everyone’s contribution. I never fail to be amazed by the generosity here at the prison and the collective support for the elderly community within the village.’

Michael Coleman MLC, Member of the Department of Home Affairs with responsibility for the Prison and Probation Service, added: ‘It’s encouraging to see the prisoners joining forces with staff, charities and local businesses in such a positive way. The result of everybody’s efforts is that 17 families and individuals in the Jurby area will receive a welcome early Christmas gift this year.’

Pictured: Nigel Fisher, deputy prison governor; Helen Callow, administration officer; Mike Speers, principal officer and Pam Wells, Age Isle of Man.

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